Funding Opportunities

The Neurological Foundation accepts applications for large and small projects, post-doctoral and clinical fellowships, conference and training course grants, doctoral scholarships and summer studentships.

Grants and Careers

There are two funding rounds per year for large and small projects, early career fellowships and conference and training course grants. There is one round per year for doctoral scholarships, senior fellowships and summer studentships. Travel grant applications can also be submitted by those who have an eligible project grant, fellowship or scholarship.

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meets in June and November each year to consider applications for funding, with the exception of summer studentships and travel grants which are decided via e-motion. The recommendations of the SAC are presented to the Neurological Foundation Council and outcomes are announced in early July and December.

All applications must be submitted through the appropriate research institution by the deadline dates specified. From 2020, applications will be made through our new online portal.

Project Grants

The main avenue by which the Neurological Foundation sponsors research. Applicants can be scientifically or medically qualified, and the research can be clinical or biomedical.

Small Project Grants

These grants are intended to encourage clinicians and scientists to undertake small-scale or pilot studies that may lead to a larger project.

Conference and Training Course Grants

These grants are intended to support international keynote speakers and early career researchers at neurology and neuroscience conferences in New Zealand, or facilitate early career researcher participation in advanced training courses in New Zealand or Australia.

VJ Chapman Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to support medical graduates to pursue a career in academic neurology, neurosurgery, or neuropathology.

O’Brien Clinical Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to support non-medical health professionals to pursue a career in clinical research.

Philip Wrightson Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding post-doctoral research fellows undertaking full-time research at institutions outside New Zealand.

Senior Clinical Research Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for practising clinicians to carry out clinical research.

Senior Research Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding post-doctoral fellows as they establish themselves as independent researchers.

First Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to provide personal support for outstanding early career researchers so that they can complete their first post-doctoral fellowship under the close mentorship of an academic with a continuing position.

Doctoral Scholarships

These scholarships are intended to provide personal support for students undertaking a PhD in basic or clinical neuroscience.

Summer Studentships

These studentships are intended to provide personal support for students so they can gain research skills and experience.

Travel Grants

These grants are intended to support researchers who are awarded project, scholarship or fellowship funding from the Foundation prior to January 2019, to travel for conferences, meetings, and training. After January 2019, travel funding is included within awards and does not require a separate application process.

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